*UPDATE AS OF OCT 2*
Ancestry will be featuring an Ancestry Learning Academy at this year's event, offering sessions (free with an event ticket) throughout each of Friday and Saturday. The first session on DNA Day will also be delivered by Anna Swayne of Ancestry.
There will be a total of (3) sessions over the two days that will focus on Irish and British records. Elaine Collins of findmypast is coming over from the UK and will lead a talk on both Friday and Saturday regarding the resources of findmypast for British and Irish records. They have some great and unique records (I've benefited from them!). Then Joe Buggy will be conducting a comprehensive talk on Irish Ancestors in NYC on Saturday - a 90MIN session and proving to be the most popular one in terms of bookings!
Do plan to join then on Friday night as this will be the social event at Fraunces Tavern and it would be great to catch up...over genealogy!
Tickets are now on sale via www.thegenealogyevent.com
For those that are returning and/or new here is a list of all the new (or returning) aspects of the event. I will say this year the speaker's submissions were excellent and so much to chose from. That being said managed to narrow it down to form the schedule that you will see on the website. A helpful document is the "Event Planner" that sits under the tab "Event Schedule" and then Days 1 & 2 - NYC (more about Day 3 in a moment!)
The Genealogy Event in 2014 will:
• The venue is a beautiful beaux arts building and the main event will take place on the lower level. There is a large auditorium for the general sessions so means enhanced sound/experience as well as two large meeting rooms for the advanced sessions.
• Offer both general and new this year: advanced sessions
• The advanced sessions are on a pay per session basis so you don't need to buy a general admission ticket if you are only planning on joining an advanced session or two. If you wish to attend both areas, then you would need the respective tickets. This does mean you can plan your day and spend it the way you wish. A couple of advanced sessions and maybe a pop up to NARA or to a local cultural spot, etc.
• There are a number of returning speakers and loads of new speakers, some well known on the speaking circuit, who as mentioned have provided some innovative topics: think heraldry, lineage societies, assessing old writing, civil war pensions and that's JUST for starters. Can you tell I was excited to review their submissions?!
• Plan your schedule accordingly amongst other things for the two following: access to this building, if you're not familiar is via a security process (so extra time if you re entering and re-entering building) and food is not sold in the building or permitted in the meeting spaces. There are some allotted breaks in the schedule to help facilitate this
• NARA will be open on both days and will have additional representatives on-site to assist with research
• There is a social event that has been added to the program on Friday night: a night at Fraunces Tavern, where confederation era inspired tasting menu will be on hand plus other value adds
• For those not familiar with the building, the National Museum of the American Indian is also based in the same building so you may wish to add a museum visit (it's free) to your time
• The Marriott downtown at 85 West St is the appointed hotel, with a rate of $229 per night. Only 9MIN walk to the venue.
• One on one consultations with experts will once again be on offer. Such a popular area, hopefully some more experts will be available. The VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to pre book, about 3-4 weeks out from the event and a system to do so will be launched at that time.
• The general sessions will be accessible via the regular all day general sessions pass or the VIP all day general pass (by day);
• The VIP program is enhanced this year and includes benefits such as pre booking for one on one consultations with experts, designated lunch dining area, designated NARA research computers, private archives tour and that's just now. There are plans to add more benefits as the event draws closer;
• There are returning and also some new exhibitors so be on the lookout as the list grows to see what updates they have on hand with their products and services.
• AND announcing...
• A 3rd day has been added "DNA Day" on Sunday October 19th. The venue will be India House, another location in the Lower Manhattan area. The morning segment will be a beginner segment, the afternoon advanced. As this was a recent add in, the schedule will be up shortly. A great program is also planned and am confident with the speaker choices there will be some great learning. Unlike the 'main' event each of these sessions will also offer a well appointed selection of morning and afternoon break selections.
Right well reckon I've given you a bit of reading but will say this it will be full of genealogy enthusiasm!